Am I legally entitled to breaks?

My employer wants to dock my pay 30 minutes per day for

Asked on June 3, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Florida

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Contrary to popular belief, many states, FL included, don't require either meal or rest breaks. However, if an employer does choose to offer short breaks (up to 20 minutes in length), those breaks are "compensable" work hours (i.e. time that must be paid) and need to be included in hours worked during the work week. Breaks over 20 minutes in duration are not work time, therefore they are not compensable. The exception to the no break rule is that employers are required to provide employees with reasonable breastfeeding/breast pumping breaks. Tht all having been said, an employment contract/union agreement may include provisions about breaks that exceed federal/state laws.


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